VANCOUVER, BC - Maritime Resources Corp. (MAE-TSX Venture, "Maritime") is pleased to announce that the Newfoundland Government has approved the Permit to Dewater the Hammerdown underground gold mine and initiate an underground rehabilitation and exploration drill program. The Hammerdown mine is located on Maritime's Green Bay Property in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.
Remote Scoop and Portal at Hammerdown after opening in Fall of 2017
Doug Fulcher, President and CEO of Maritime commented:
"We are extremely pleased to have the first permit in place to allow us to begin a first phase dewatering program as well as the rehabilitation of the Hammerdown underground gold mine. The underground drill program will focus on upgrading to Measured and Indicated the approximately 400,000-ounce gold inferred resource that sits within and near the current mine plan. I would like to thank the hard work of our team as well as Gemtec Consulting Engineers and Scientists for preparing the comprehensive permit application with close attention paid to safety and environmental compliance. I would also like to thank the various branches of the Newfoundland & Labrador Government for their assistance and efficiency in reviewing the permit application."
The initial phase of the dewatering program is designed to expose ~ 700 meters of ramp containing 12,600 cubic meters of water to provide dry access for 8 diamond drill set up points. The permit application included a wealth of supporting baseline documents in addition to a detailed plan describing the procedures and equipment to dewater at an average flowrate of 300 GPM with a maximum flowrate of 500 GPM. The baseline work included a hydrological model and assessment completed by Stantec Engineering.
Water chemistry analysis was performed on water sampled from the historical underground development which demonstrated that the water is clean with a neutral pH and will require no treatment for discharge other than settling ponds to capture any suspended solids. The original 4 settling ponds are still in place and will require minimal rehabilitation.
About Maritime Resources Corp:
Maritime Resources holds 100% of the Green Bay Property, located near Springdale, Newfoundland and Labrador. The property hosts the past producing Hammerdown gold mine and the Orion gold deposit separated by a 1.5 km distance that sits within an overall strike length of 4000 metres.
Maritime announced a Prefeasibility Study (March 2nd, 2017) that evaluated the Measured & Indicated NI43-101 mineral resource estimate for the past producing Hammerdown gold deposit. The study was completed by WSP Canada Inc. ("WSP"), an independent third party engineering firm, with the mandate to evaluate the potential of bringing the past producing gold mine back into commercial production.
Pre - Feasibility highlights
- Project Pre-tax net present value (‘NPV8%’) of $71.2 million with an IRR of 46.8% per cent.
- Project after-tax net present value (‘NPV8%’) of $44.2 million with an internal rate of return (‘IRR’) of 34.8%
- Net pre-tax cash flow of $104 million, undiscounted. Net after-tax cash flow of $69 million, undiscounted.
- Pre-tax operating cash cost to produce an ounce of gold is $558 CDN with an all in pre-tax cash cost (including capital, sustaining capital and operating cost) of $955 CDN per ounce of gold.
- Mine life for the current plan at Hammerdown is five years, producing approximately 174,000 ounces at an average of approximately 35,000 ounces per year. Basic assumptions used for the compilation of the PFS
- Gold Price of US$ 1,250 per ounce
- Exchange Rate of 0.8 US$: 1 CA$ (or 1 US$: 1.25 CA$)
- Project discount rate of 8%
- Mill recovery of 97% based on the historic treatment of the ore at the nearby Nugget Pond Gold Mill from 2000 to 2004.
(All currency is expressed in Canadian dollars ($CA) unless otherwise noted.)
The Hammerdown gold deposit was successfully mined by Richmont Mines between 2000 and 2004 while gold prices averaged $325/oz. During its operation, a total of 291,400 tonnes of ore were mined and milled, at an average grade of 15.83 g/t Au, recovering a total of 143,000 ounces of gold at an 8 g/t cut-off. All of the ore was processed at the Nugget Pond mill, now owned and operated by Rambler Metals and Mining Canada Limited, with an average gold recovery of 97.1%. Mining terminated in 2004 due to low gold prices with extensive gold mineralization remaining, although uneconomic at that time.
The Orion gold deposit consists of two main vein systems, both of which are open along strike, and down plunge to the northeast.
Bernard H. Kahlert, P.Eng. is the Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101 and has reviewed and approved the technical disclosure contained in this release.
Further information on the Green Bay Gold Property can be found on our website at www.maritimeresourcescorp.comalong with the NI43-101 compliant Technical Report and Prefeasibility Report filed on SEDAR.
On behalf of the Board of Directors,
For further information, please call:
Doug Fulcher Telephone: (604) 336-7322
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